Persecution definition

pûrsĭ-kyo͝oshən
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Persecution is harassment or bad treatment based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

When people are treated badly and harassed because of their religious beliefs, this is an example of religious persecution.

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The condition of being persecuted.
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The act of persecuting.
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A program or campaign to subjugate or eliminate a specific group of people, often based on race, religion, sexuality, or social beliefs.
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A persecuting or being persecuted.
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The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
persecution
Plural:
persecutions

Origin of persecution

  • From Late Latin persecÅ«tio (“chase, pursuit"), from Latin persequor (“follow up, pursue"), from per- (“through") +"Ž sequor (“follow").

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